Celtic will go into the final Old Firm game of the season six points clear of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership after a nervy win at Ross County.
The league leaders dominated in Dingwall but only had Kyogo Furuhashi’s early goal – his first since December – to show for it until Jota’s late second clinched a precious victory.
The triumph was enough to restore Celtic’s advantage at the summit with just four games remaining, starting with what could be a decisive derby at Celtic Park next Sunday.
Malky Mackay’s obdurate County, meanwhile, stay fifth in their pursuit of a first ever European qualification after what was just their second defeat in seven games.
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- 22TillsonSubstituted forCancolaat 70′minutes
- 8CallachanBooked at 5mins
- 6PatonSubstituted forHungboat 70′minutes
- 17Charles-CookSubstituted forSamuelat 88′minutes
- 26WhiteBooked at 42mins
- 33O’RileySubstituted forGiakoumakisat 65′minutes
- 41HatateSubstituted forTurnbullat 74′minutes
- 17Neves FilipeSubstituted forForrestat 89′minutes
- 8FuruhashiSubstituted forAbadaat 64′minutes
- 38MaedaSubstituted forRogicat 64′minutes
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Match ends, Ross County 0, Celtic 2.
Second Half ends, Ross County 0, Celtic 2.
Offside, Ross County. Blair Spittal tries a through ball, but David Cancola is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Blair Spittal (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Randall with a cross.
Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Jota.
Substitution, Ross County. Dominic Samuel replaces Regan Charles-Cook.
Goal! Ross County 0, Celtic 2. Jota (Celtic) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.
Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Liel Abada.
Attempt missed. David Turnbull (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Greg Taylor.
Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Anthony Ralston.
Foul by David Turnbull (Celtic).
David Cancola (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Ross County. Alex Iacovitti tries a through ball, but Jordan White is caught offside.
Attempt missed. David Turnbull (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tomas Rogic.
Liel Abada (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jake Vokins (Ross County).
Greg Taylor (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joseph Hungbo (Ross County).
Foul by Giorgos Giakoumakis (Celtic).
David Cancola (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.